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JOIN US IN FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE DEC. 21!

SDSU FRAT SHUT DOWN OVER HARASSMENT AND HAZING COMPLAINTS

INCUBATING NEW BUSINESSES IN EAST COUNTY: HEAR NOORI BARKA’S PLANS TO CREATE GOOD JOBS FOR OUR REGION

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

THREATS ON MOVIE THEATERS PROMPTS CANCELLATION OF "THE INTERVIEW" FILM DEBUT SET FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

EL CAJON TURNS THE CORNER: MAYOR BILL WELLS DELIVERS OPTIMISTIC STATE OF THE CITY 2014 ADDRESS

COWLES MTN. WINTER SOLSTICE WALKS DEC. 20-22

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: GUESS WHAT'S SPOTTED IN DESCANSO?

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVERTED; PRESIDENT SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL BUDGET BILL

RAIN! STORM COULD BRING FLOODING, WAVES 14 FT. HIGH

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH RAMONA WINEMAKERS ABOUT THE HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL “GET YOUR MERRY ON” EVENT DEC. 13-14

CHALDEAN CHAMBER MARKS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY


FIRE DESTROYS TRAILER HOME IN EL CAJON

 

November 24, 2012 (El Cajon)--Firefighters with Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to reports of fire at the "Turn In" Trailer Park in the 200 block of South Second Street at 1:25 a.m. Upon arriva,l firefighters found a trailer home in space 15 fully involved and threatening other nearby trailers. 

NATIONAL WALMART PROTEST REACHES EAST COUNTY AS LEAFLETTERS TARGET SHOPPERS AT GROSSMONT CENTER AND COLLEGE GROVE

Walmart's low wages keep workers on the public dole, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for  its corporate profits

By Nadin Abbott

November 23, 2012 (La Mesa)-- Black Friday today was marked by a nationwide protest at 1,000 Walmart stores, including Grossmont Center in La Mesa.

Walmart workers are not unionized. So local volunteers and members of United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) staged the protest to give voice to grievances of Walmart employees who say they have been pressured to keep quiet and not participate in the demonstrations.

LA MESA POLICE APPREHEND VEHICLE BURGLARS AT GROSSMONT CENTER

November 23, 2012 (La Mesa)—At 4:07 a..m. Grossmont Center’s mall security observed a suspicious vehicle in the mall parking lot. Two male subjects were observed tampering with a vehicle before leaving in a silver two--door sedan. Grossmont Security relayed the information to La Mesa Police and officers searched the area and surrounding streets but were initially unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

PLEURAL MESOTHELIOMA SYMPTOMS: EARLY DIAGNOSIS IS KEY

By Faith Franz

November 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Very few people will ever face pleural mesothelioma. Only around 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year – but for these Americans, the symptoms of their disease can interfere with daily life.

MISSING MENTALLY DISABLED MAN MAY HAVE TAKEN TROLLEY TO EL CAJON

November 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Chula Vista Police seek public help to locate a missing mentally disabled man who had written “El Cajon” on a notepad shortly before he was last seen at 7:18 a.m. this morning at the H Street trolley station. 

Heriberto Tari, 48, was last seen wearing a burnt-orange dress shirt, black dress pants and black shoes.  He has a hunched-over posture and communicates by writing on a notepad that he carries.

SERIES ON WIND TURBINE NOISE AND INFRASOUND ISSUES PUBLISHED BY INTERNATIONAL GROUP SHOW PROBLEMS 25 MILES FROM WINDFARMS

By Miriam Raftery

November 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) has published the first two in a three-part series on infrasound and low frequency noise problems reportedly caused by windfarms.

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATIONS ON THANKSGIVING

By Miriam Raftery

November 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. But it wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday amid the Civil War, with a proclamation in which he asked "the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation" and restore "peace, harmony, tranquility and union."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during the Depression in 1933 issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in which he urged, "May we seek guidance in more surely learning the ancient truth that greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors. May we be grateful for the passing of dark days ... for the brighter day to which we can win through by seeking the help of God in a more unselfish striving for the common bettering of mankind."

COUNTY OFFERS FREE THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS MEALS FOR THOSE IN NEED

November 20, 2012 (San Diego)--Agencies throughout the county  are providing FREE Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. There are also agencies  giving out toys for children during Christmas.  Below are details.

TIPS FOR A SAFE AND WARM WINTER SEASON

By Juan Velasco

November 22, 2012 (San Diego) -- With the cold weather setting in, consumers should be aware of certain safety measures and energy-efficient tips to keep their home comfortable throughout the winter months.

1.       One of the easiest heating tips: On sunny days, take advantage of the sun to bring in heat. Adjust blinds so they are open and tilted toward the ceiling—but be sure to close the blinds at sundown.

COUPLE BRUTALLY ASSAULTED IN LEMON GROVE WHILE COLLECTING CARDBOARD

November 20, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – Sheriff’s detectives in Lemon Grove have arrested Wyatt Kirk Bradley, 24, of San Diego for a brutal attack on an elderly couple assaulted on November 14 in broad daylight at 2:05 p.m.  The couple was collecting cardboard to make ends meet behind a strip mall in the 7000 block of Broadway in Lemon Grove.

According to Sgt. G. Hampton, the suspect approached the couple and after a short conversation with the woman, attacked and beat both victims, knocking them to the ground numerous times.  He also tried to steal their vehicle but it would not start.

RAMONA GROUP SEEKS TO HAVE CPUC MOVE MEETING ON SDG&E WILDFIRE REIMBURSEMENT TO SAN DIEGO

The California Public Utilities Commission has announced that its November 29 meeting agenda in San Francisco will include SDG&E’s proposed Wildfire Expense Balancing Account (WEBA), the utility’s proposal to charge ratepayers for uninsured costs of wildfires. 

But the Mussey Grade Road Alliance, a Ramona citizens group, has filed a request asking the commission to move the meeting to San Diego.

HOT TIPS FOR A SAFE THANKSGIVING DAY FEAST

By Bill Weaver

November 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Thanksgiving is almost upon us and family and friends will come together to celebrate. Food safety is very important because large amounts of food are often prepared and served. Here are a few safety tips to prevent microscopic unwanted guests from joining your party:

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012 MOTHER GOOSE CENTENNIAL PARADE IN EL CAJON

November 21, 2012 (El Cajon) – ECM videographer Paul Kruze captured video highlights from the 2012 Mother Goose Parade, celebrating 100 years of El Cajon history in the city’s centennial year. 

This year’s parade featured fewer Hollywood celebrities than in the recent past, drawing on hometown heroes, Western equestrian groups, high school marching bands and a city centennial float for this once-in-a-century celebration. In keeping with tradition, the parade's finale featured Santa Claus and his reindeer-drawn sleigh, ushering in the start of the holiday season.

View videos:  Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

WORKERS TO STAGE WALK OUTS AT WALMART STORES ON BLACK FRIDAY

By Nadin Abbott

November 20, 2012 (San Diego)—Across the nation and in San Diego County, Walmart workers are poised to stage a walk out on Friday, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.  

This Thanksgiving, Walmart workers at more than 1,000 locations are seeking a seat at the bargaining table.

HAWK WATCH HOLIDAY HARVEST FAIR ON NOV. 24

November 20, 2012 (Warner Springs) – Hawk Watch Winery will be holding its Holiday Harvest Fair on November 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 27054 Chihuahua Valley Rd., Warner Springs. 

Wingshadows Hacienda farms will be offering up homemade, home grown holiday fare including fresh jams, jellies, sauces, marinated feta cheeses, infused balsamic vinegars and fresh bread.  Also featured will be goats milk soaps, bath oils and bath gels.  Hawk Watch will introduce their own Hawk Watch Hand Roasted coffees.

Visit www.hawkwatchwinery.com for more information.

ITEX RESOLVES ISSUES WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE, HELPS HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF EFFORTS

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – I am pleased to report that ITEX has taken steps to resolve the conflicts that we previously reported regarding our account.

In an email received today, the company has agreed to refund  payments, cease billing for time after our cancellation notice, and provide a generous one-year extension for us to use our remaining credits.  ECM has agreed to donate a portion of those credits to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.  We look forward to working with ITEX to find good uses for our remaining credits that will support our own nonprofit media efforts on behalf of our readers.

We applaud ITEX for stepping forward to do the right thing--and we are thankful for their efforts on this Thanksgiving Day.

CONTROLLED BURN WEDNESDAY IN MCCAIN VALLEY

November 20, 2012 (Jacumba)--Cal-Fire will conduct a burn tomorrow, November 21 in McCain Valley near the community of Jacumba. The burn will be approximately 35 acres and smoke will be visible off Interstate 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WORKERS PICKET AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

By Nadin Abbott

November  20, 2012 (La Mesa)—Some workers arrived after their shifts ended; others came from home to join a march yesterday afternoon outside Grossmont Hospital. All were determined to draw public attention to their efforts to gain better working conditions and compensation.

United Healthcare Employees, affiliated with the AFL-CIO,continues contract negotiations for workers contracted by Sharp Healthcare through Sodexo to manage food services and custodial work.

BEST VIDEOS IN EAST COUNTY: BOBCATS IN EL MONTE VALLEY

By Billy Ortiz

View video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0EPuSgKJOY

November 20, 2012 (Lakeside) --Early in the morning on November 15 in El Monte Valley, I was driving slowly like always, hoping to see a cat. Today was my day--I spotted one close to the road, followed it up the mountain a bit and discovered that there was more than one. Much to my surprise, I saw a second and then a  third bobcat to my right. What I didn't realize was that I had gotten  between the mama and one of her young.

ELECTION WRAP-UP: TWO CLOSE RACES RESOLVED AS BILBRAY, DANON CONCEDE DEFEAT; SEVERAL EAST COUNTY RACES REMAIN TIGHT

By Nadin Abbott

As the vote counting countinues, the margins in two hotly contested East County races have narrowed, while just three votes separate candidates in another local race. 

Two high profile contests, however, are now resolved.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

November 20, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

Israel-Palestine conflict:

Other world news:

HEALTH

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

GET JOLLY AT THE HAWK WATCH CHRISTMAS PARTY DEC. 22

November 20, 2012 (Warner Springs) --  Hawk Watch Winery is holding its 3rd annual Christmas party on Dec. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 27054 Chihuahua Valley Rd., Warner Springs.  The party is free and open to everyone.  Enjoy the solo saxophone of Jason Weber while sampling some amazing homemade holiday desserts among the twinkling Christmas lights in the barrel room.

Visit www.hawkwatchwinery.com for more information.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

November 20, 2012  --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

STATE

LOCAL

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

RECYCLE THANKSGIVING TURKEY FAT, OIL AND GREASE AT EDCO BUYBACK CENTERS

November 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--With Thanksgiving here, a thought to consider is what to do with kitchen fat, oil and grease (FOG) that’s left over from all that cooking or after deep frying a turkey. For interested residents, EDCO has a free, safe and more environmentally friendly option for disposing of household FOG.

Residents are asked to simply collect used discarded FOG in a leak-proof container and drop it off free of charge at one of EDCO’s conveniently located Buyback Centers. The FOG will then ultimately be processed, filtered and converted into bio-diesel by a third party processor.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: THANKSGIVING COOKING SAFETY TIPS

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips!

November 20, 2012 (San Diego)--Thanksgiving signifies the beginning of the Holiday Season and many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing for the Holidays according Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year. In 2010, there were 1,370 fires on Thanksgiving, a 219 percent increase over the daily average. “Thanksgiving is a fun, festive holiday, but it’s also very hectic says DiGiovanna. “All the entertaining and distractions make it easy to forget about what’s cooking on the stovetop.”

LEMON GROVE BARBER SHOP DAMAGED BY FIRE

November 20, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—Shortly before midnight on November 18, a structure fire occurred at a barber shop at 7435 Broadway in Lemon Grove.  Flames and smoke severely damaged the shop.
 
Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson investigators responded to the scene and are handling the investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.

POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY ON NOV. 24 & 25

November 20, 2012 (Ramona) – Oasis Camel Dairy hosts its 3rd Annual Pomegranate Days on November 24 and 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

This holiday tradition includes feeding pomegranates to the camels, a special performance of the performing bird show and a behind the scenes tour of the dairy.Camel rides will also be available, as well as camel milk chocolate, soaps and lotions. 

GRAND OPENING OF VIEJAS ICE RINK AND HOLIDAY SHOPPING KICKS OFF AT VIEJAS OUTLETS

Stores open at midnight on Thanksgiving for an early start to "Black Friday" shopping specials

by Ariele Johannson

November 17, 2012 (Alpine) --Viejas Ice Rink formally opened its fifth season yesterday along with specific extended holiday hours at Viejas Outlet Center.

Now, when shopping, visitors are treated to views of excited skaters making their way around the cool, white ice rink, skating to the sounds of favorite Christmas melodies. Bedecked at one end with the traditional giant, decorated Christmas tree, the ice rink this year also has festive café lights. One of the decorative creeks nicely reflects the tree as you walk in from the east side of the Center.

WINTER WELLNESS REMEDIES WORKSHOP IN ALPINE

November 20, 2012 (Alpine) – Myra Thompson Bull, L.Ac., will present a workshop on Saturday, December 1.  Learn how to make winter wellness remedies in your own kitchen from easily available ingredients—just in time for cold and flu season. Enjoy a morning of delightful scents and wise recipes to ward off winter ailments.  This hands-on workshop will be followed by a light lunch.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: AFTER THE ELECTION...

By Mark Gabrish Conlan

November 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Is it really over? I’ve lived with the 2012 Presidential campaign for so long that it’s become a fixture of my life, sort of like a piece of ugly furniture you never sit on anymore but you can’t bear to get rid of.

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